Hundreds gather for Trayvon Martin peace rally in KCK
11:21 PM, Jul 20, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -
Saturday was National Justice for Trayvon Day. Nearly 200 people came out to a Kansas City, Kan., park for one peace rally for Trayvon.
The rally lasted for more than two hours near Big Eleven Lake in KCK. Trayvon Martin has become a symbol for people all over the country after he was shot and killed by neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
The not-guilty verdict in Zimmerman's murder trial set off a debate on race. On Saturday the issue was much more than that.
Trayvon has become someone many can relate to, even President Obama.
Addressing the media Friday, the president said, "Trayvon could have been me 35 years ago."
Lifetime KCK resident Marilyn White feels much the same way: "I feel like Trayvon Martin could be my son," she said.
White has traveled the world in her eight decades, and she wants everyone to be treated equally, especially in her home country.
"I think we're all supposed to be God's children; it doesn't make a difference what color our skin is," said White.
People of all races came out to the rally. They wanted to unite for this common cause.
"If people come out here for something like this, I'm here to be with the community and try to get some strength from one another from just trying to survive day to day," said Marvin Robinson II.
And the president's remarks Friday about Trayvon Martin were well received by people in the crowd. People like Christello Brownlee said they believe action will be taken by those, like the president, who are in power.
"Just voicing our opinion and wanting to be heard, and they're the position to actually take action," said Brownlee.
The verdict in the Zimmerman trial came down a week before, but people in the crowd Saturday said their message will continue on.